Have you ever thought about how short life is? James 4:14 says this, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” Our life is like the morning fog, here and then gone, yet it seems that so often we forget how short our time really is. We take our life for granted like there’s an endless supply of days that will never run out.
Eternity, on the other hand, is very long. Like longer than you could ever imagine. Eternity is so long, in fact, that it goes on and on and never ends, ever. So what this means is that we have a few short years here on earth, and then we will spend eternity somewhere else. So if we do the math, our 80 years (on average) are a tiny speck compared to the endless years to come.
Why is it that all we think about is our time here on earth and never about eternity? We only get one shot at this life. My life may last for 100 years, or it may end tomorrow. But I know one thing for sure, I want to make the time God has given me count.
The truth is that we often need to be reminded about how short our life really is. Psalm 39:4 says “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered–how fleeting my life is.” This needs to be our desire: to understand how short this life is. When we’re aware of how fleeting our life is, we will be less likely to waste it.
So how should we live during the time that we have? Maybe the better question is who should we live for during the time we have. The answer, of course, is Jesus Christ. But why does he deserve our lives? If our time is short, why should we devote the days we have to Him? Because He was willing to give His life for us. We turned our back on God and we were dead in our trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). But even though we were sinners and enemies of God (Rom. 5:10) Christ died for us. Because of Jesus we can stand forgiven and have a relationship with our Lord.
When we experience the love, grace, and forgiveness that we’ve received from Jesus this should change us. When we truly experience the gospel we become like the gospel. We’ve experienced love so we should love God and love others. We’ve experienced amazing grace so we should have that grace for others. We’ve experienced forgiveness so we should forgive even the inexcusable. And finally, we know that Jesus gave His life for us, so we should devote our lives to Him.
So who are you living for? Are you living for yourself? Maybe your goal is to make as much money as possible, drive the nicest car, have the biggest house, the perfect family, and anything else you believe will make you happy. That’s what we’re told makes for a successful life, right? As Christians, we know that eternity is coming. When our lives come to an end we will spend eternity with Jesus. Live your life for Him. Go all in for Him. Spend your days loving God, loving people, and telling others about what He has done for you. That is truly a successful life.
It all comes down to this: life is short, eternity is long, and we need to start living like it.
“Remember, you have one life. That’s all. You were made for God. Don’t waste it.” – John Piper